All set up and ready to go!
AAA Presents Highroads with Dan Davis host stopped by
The teams were de-briefed prior to setting up
Students setting up for the contest.
The teams gathered to listen to the Mayor
Glendale Community College President Dr. Irene Kovala addressed the teams and introduced the Mayor.
Dr. Irene Kovala, President of Glendale Community College congratulated the students and introduced the mayor.
"Gentlemen, start your engines...If you can," said Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs.
Media and students listened to the Mayor's comments.
Mayor Scruggs talked about the importance of the automotive repair industry.
Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs Kicked off the contest.
AAA presented Glendale Mayor Scruggs with a token of appreciation for kicking off the event.
The team from Centennial High School headed to judging first
Another team heading to judging.
A behind the scenes look at the judging area.
First place trophy for the 2012 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.
All of the students got to take home prizes, including this shwag from Napa Auto Parts.
Lots of action waiting for the contest to get underway.
Eric Stover and David Mora of Centennial High School in Peoria are eager to start the competition.
The students worked on 2012 Ford Fusion vehicles.
A judge talks to Courtney Carlmark, host of Maricopa Colleges Television.
The teams gather to listen to final instruction before beginning.
Eric Stover and David Mora from Centennial High School
Eric Stover and David Mora from Centennial High School.
Ezequiel Lopez of Kofa High School in Yuma checks inside the vehicle.
Fernando Hernandez of the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) stays focused during the competition.
A student consults the electronic manual to help find a fix.
The competition is underway!
Sebastian Orozco and James Baxter from Sahuaro High School in Tucson concentrate on fixing the 'bugs' on their vehicle.
Fernando Hernandez and Ryan Ozment of the East Valley Institute of Technology reference the online manual.
Another team is headed to judging.
A representative from Lincoln College of Technology addressed the students. The school awarded $50k in scholarships to the participants.
Mountain View High School - Tucson: Luis Gloria, Lane Andrews and instructor Brian Parag finished in ninth place.
Kofa High School team: Austin Roden, Ezequiel Lopez and instructor Norm Champagne finished in eighth place.
Fernando Hernandez, Ryan Ozment and instructor Dan Christman of the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) finished in 7th place.
Sahuaro High School - Tucson team: Sebastian Orozco, James Baxter and instructor Robert Ramsey Jr., finished in sixth place.
Mountain View High School - Instructor David Damiani took home fifth place.
Prescott High School finished in fourth place. Pictured: Jay Knapp, Dylan Van Demark and instructor Mickey Chaney.
Safford High School finished third. Instructor Ed Taylor, George Vlassis and Matthew Artman.
Flowing Wells High School finished in second place. This team also had the highest written scores out of 1,348 students who took the test in Arizona. Pictured: Tanner Wolverton, instructor Jerrad Mcmurrich, Chanse Haines.
Centennial High School team: Eric Stover, David Mora and instructor Steve Maish won first place and will represent Arizona at the National Finals in June.
Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria took home tenth place. Daniel Okuda, Mark Shaffer and instructor Scott Hereder.Photo courtesy of Bette Sharp/Glendale Daily Planet.